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Don't Neglect Your Vacuum Motor - It Will Cost You!
Last Updated: 07/14/2018
The vac motor on your floor scrubber plays an important role in cleaning the floor. Let's face it, without it you would just be pushing around a river of dirty water! But here's the thing, like all components on your machine, vac motors only live so long. Eventually, they get old, draw excessive power and get hot. If the vac motor on your automatic scrubber has reached the end of its life span and you ignore the signs, it WILL COST YOU!

What Are the Signs of a Failing Vacuum Motor?

Put your hand over the end of the vacuum hose. Is the suction weak? By "weak" we mean that the suction offers little to no resistance. If you can easily pull your hand away, that's a bad sign.

• Do you notice a howling or whining sound when you switch the vac motor on and off?

• If the vac motor smells or feels HOT, that's trouble.

What Happens if You Keep Using a Scrubber With a Failing Vac Motor?

• A failing vac motor will draw excessive amperage from the batteries, causing them to drain faster. You won't be able to run your scrubber for as long as you did previously, before having to stop and recharge. Even worse than losing time, don't forget that deep cycle batteries also have a limited life span. There are only so many times that you can drain and recharge them. When you have to recharge your batteries more than normal due to a poorly functioning vac motor, you will reach the end of your batteries life time much quicker. In other words, if you replace your vac motor right away, you make your batteries last longer
! And who doesn't want to put off having to buy batteries?

• If you notice your vac motor isn't performing as it should and you keep scrubbing with it, you run the risk of overheating it. If that happens, the wiring to the motor could MELT, or the wires in the wire harness could MELT. That's more parts to buy in addition to a new vac motor.

• An old, sick, vac motor can quickly become a dead vac motor, and will put an abrupt end to any job. This can be extremely frustrating to you and your customer.

Our Advice: Don't let it get to the point where it costs you extra time and money you don't need to spend. Pay attention to the warning signs. If you notice one or more of them, give us a call. We can help you figure out which motor you need and what the best deal is. Or, check out our selection of vac motors online by
clicking here.

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